India registered a comprehensive 10-wicket win over England in the third Test on Thursday. The Men in Blue wrapped the game inside two days and lead the Test series 2-1. Axar Patel, who was playing at his home ground, was the architect of India’s comprehensive victory.
The left-arm spinner claimed 11 out of 20 wickets in the Test. He took 6 wickets in England’s first innings before claiming another five-wicket haul in the second innings.
Speaking in a video posted by BCCI, Axar Patel expressed his delight over playing in front of his home crowd. The spinner termed it as a special feeling.
“I feel very happy as it was my second Test match and first in Motera and to perform in front of a home crowd in both innings felt good. Felt very good after performing in front of the crowd. And when local crowd cheer for you, your joy just multiply as my family had also come to watch me,” Axar told Hardik in a video posted on the Board of Control for Cricket in India`s (BCCI) website.
“I have played in front of the same crowd and my coaches were also there and it`s a special feeling to perform in front of them. The goal will be to take another fifer, but I will not say anything until I scalp five wickets in the next match,” he added. Axar wants the wicket to remain the same for the fourth and final Test of the series.
Axar Patel has hogged all the limelight since he made his debut in the second Test. The Indian spinner is currently the second-highest wicket-taker in the series behind Ravichandran Ashwin. He has 18 wickets to his name in just 2 Tests at an average of 9.44